Tag Archives: University of Virginia

Alumni Spotlight: Erin Ortiz (’06)

January 4, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Erin Ortiz (’06) graduated from the University of Virginia in three years with a degree in psychology. She then attended Gallaudet University, where she pursued a master’s in social work, specializing in school social work and disability. After receiving her master’s, Erin taught in VCU’s social work program before accepting a position with the non-profit […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Rachel Caldwell (’06)

January 4, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

“I have really wanted to be a teacher my whole life,” says Rachel Caldwell (’06). “However, two experiences at MLWGS really cemented my desire to pursue a career in education: the time I spent volunteering with the Newtowne Tutoring Program, and my senior year mentorship with Annie Campbell, a second grade teacher at Fox Elementary. […]

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January 3, 2018

January 3, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

On January 3, 2018, three members of the MLWGS class of 2014 returned to their alma mater to talk to current student about college.  Two of the alumni, Christopher Benos and Hannah Lyons, attend the University of Virginia.  Samantha Marquez is majoring in psychology on the neuroscience track at Yale.  They talked about everything from […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Nathan Miller (’96)

January 2, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Nathan Miller (’96) was a member of Governor’s School’s second graduating class. He credits the school for creating an atmosphere where “there was a lot of energy about learning,” and recognizes Mrs. Taylor, Mr. Wilkes, and Mr. Woolard in particular for teaching him how to study. “The other thing that stands out is the amount […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Rebecca Otis (’96)

December 13, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Rebecca Otis (’96) is in many ways the quintessential Governor’s School for Government and International Studies grad. She is Foreign Service Officer (a.k.a.“diplomat”) currently serving at the US Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.  Rebecca joined the State Department in 2014 after a career in NGOs and higher education. “Embassies are like large ships,” she explains.  “We […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Alex Chiou (’07)

October 3, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Alex Chiou was a member of the Class of 2007, which is gearing up for its ten-year reunion this October.  Alex remembers her classmates as one of the best things about her high school experience.  “The friends I made and the teachers I had were important,” she says.  “It was really motivating to be surrounded by other individuals […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Molly Farrar (’07)

September 26, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Like many MLWGS alumni, Molly Farrar ’07 says that the most important part of her high school for her was the people.  “I’m still close to a lot of people that I was friends with in high school,” she says.  “I think the MLWGS experience was much different from the normal high school experience, which […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Kate Lipper-Garabedian (’99)

August 8, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Kate Lipper-Garabedian (’99) is one of the Governor’s School alumni making good on part of the school’s mission: she is running for office this November. Kate was a student at Governor’s School in its early days, when it was still housed in the Thomas Jefferson building. Though she, like many, remembers the lack of toilet […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Mica Swyers (’04)

June 13, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

After graduating in 2004, Mica Swyers went with much of her GSGIS class to UVA, where she majored in French and Media Studies.  Afterwards, she migrated to the windswept plains of Illinois where she got not one but two Master’s Degrees, one in French Linguistics and one in Teaching English as a Second Language.  Twist […]

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Alumni Spotlight: Jessie Abbate (’99)

June 10, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

Jessie Abbate (’99) began doing infectious disease field work in the French and Italian Alps in graduate school.  She was awarded a Chateaubriand fellowship in 2011 to finish her doctoral dissertation with a French collaborator. Landing a post-doc position at the premiere ecology lab in France (CEFE), located in Montpellier, she moved shortly after graduating with her […]

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